March 2020


Table of Contents

  1. MATSOL Calendar
  2. MATSOL News
  3. Community News
  4. Links & Resources
Submission Welcome
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Exciting New Benefits for MATSOL Members! 

We're always striving to give you the best - whether it's through technology, information, advocacy, or a combination of the three! Please take the time to read more about our new Special Interest Group (SIG) for ESL Curriculum Developers, our new venture into webinars that are specifically tailored for what MATSOL members are concerned about, and our newest publication of MATSOL Currents where you can learn about what is happening in the field and meet our new MATSOL staff. All of these are free for MATSOL members!

Don't forget to nominate that educator who goes above and beyond for one of the MATSOL Awards. And do you have a great idea for a pedagogical project but need funding to implement it? Apply for a MATSOL grant!

Learn more about all of these things and more in MATSOL News.

MATSOL Calendar

  • Mar 6: Instructional Coaches SIG Meeting
  • Mar 16: Low Incidence SIG Meeting (TWO locations!)
  • Mar 17: Family-School Partnership SIG Meeting
  • Mar 20: MELLC Meeting #3
  • Mar 23: Teacher Educators SIG Meeting
  • Mar 31: TESOL Convention Starts!

Save the Date: 2020 MATSOL Conference - Tuesday-Friday, May 26-29, 2020

View the MATSOL Calendar for information and registration.


2020 MATSOL Conference 
Registration is currently closed for the 2020 conference. However, individuals or groups can sign up for the waitlist in case additional seats become available.  

  • Conference Wednesday-Friday, May 27-29: Join the waitlist and we will contact you if seats open up.
  • PCI 1: Teaching to Strengths: Supporting Students Living with Trauma, Violence, and Chronic Stress: Seats still availableJoin the waitlist to receive instructions on how to register.
  • PCI 2: Scaffolding Academic Literacy with English Learners - Sold out

Call for Proposals - Poster Sessions
MATSOL invites currently matriculated students in teacher preparation programs to submit a proposal to present a poster session on a topic related to English learner education at MATSOL 2020 Conference. Call for Poster Sessions has been extended to April 5. Find out more...

Call for Nominations/Proposals - MATSOL Awards & Grants
MATSOL awards and grants recognize excellence, creativity, and innovation in our field. Awards are presented at the annual MATSOL conference. Submission deadlines are March 23. Find out more...

MATSOL Currents Fall/Winter 2020
Read the latest issue of Currents and find out what's been happening at MATSOL, detailed reports on conferences and exhibitions, eye-opening personal experience essays, thought-provoking articles from our members, in-depth reviews of literature, and more

MATSOL Courses
MATSOL is offering the following 15 PDP courses:

  • Students with Limited or Interrupted Formal Education (EL-109) - Saturday, April 4, 2020 & April 11, 2020 in Leominster

See our Course List for information.

Family-School Partnership SIG Meeting: Understanding the Dual-Capacity Framework for Family-School Partnerships
The Dual Capacity-Building Framework for Family-School Partnerships should be seen as a compass, laying out the goals and conditions necessary to chart a path toward effective family engagement efforts that are linked to student achievement and school improvement. It was formulated using the research on effective family engagement and home–school partnership strategies and practices, adult learning and motivation, and leadership development. Join our SIG and special guest Dr. Bertha-Elena Rojas for an overview and discussion of the framework in an online meeting on Tuesday, March 17 from 4 to 5 pm. View meeting info...

SIG Spotlight: ESL Curriculum Developers 
We have a new Special Interest Group that is starting very soon! Read this introduction from MATSOL member Jessica Nguy to find out more:

ESL teachers throughout the state - many having completed the Next Generation MCU Facilitator Training - are developing ESL curriculum that incorporates the backward design model (Wiggins & McTighe). Imagine how much more we could accomplish by working together! The goal of the ESL Unit Developers SIG is to collaborate in writing, implementing, and sharing WIDA ELD Standards-based units in order to promote effective learning for ESL students statewide.

If this SIG has piqued your interest, please sign up and join it here. Make sure to click on "ESL Curriculum Developers" as well as other SIGs you might like. We will make further announcements with set meeting dates and agendas soon - be on the lookout! Here's some insider information - their first meeting will be on April 8!

Be a Part of Something NEW at MATSOL - The Webinar Sub-Committee!
We are excited to announce that we're starting a new sub-committee to establish hosting webinars for our members! This new and exhilarating aspect is inspired by you, the members of our organization, and your unwavering passion for equity and excellence to our English Learners!
If you would like to be on a committee to review and evaluate webinar proposals, help oversee the direction of the webinar series, and give input to presenters and members, please apply here. If you are interested in presenting a webinar, please continue reading!

We would like to take this opportunity to put out a Call for Webinar Proposals! The webinar proposals will not be as formal as the conference proposals, as we wish for this to be an overall fun process for everyone involved, but we do value professionalism. If you've always wanted to share something with the MATSOL member base, now is your chance! 

For more information and to submit your proposal, please visit MATSOL's Webinar page.

Community News 

Multilingual COVID-19 Information
Multilingual COVID-19 Coronavirus fact sheets in Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Portuguese, Haitian Creole & Vietnamese from MA Department of Health: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-printable-fact-sheetsAdditional information in French, Arabic and Russian from US National Library of Medicinehttps://medlineplus.gov/languages/coronavirusinfections.html. General information for school districts from DESE: http://www.doe.mass.edu/sfs/emergencyplan/covid19.html

State Seal of Biliteracy & Biliteracy Pathway Awards
The Massachusetts State Seal of Biliteracy program is entering its second year, and the Biliteracy Pathway Awards program overseen by the Language Opportunity Coalition continues. Check the website and sign up for the Google group to connect with other educators administering the awards. www.SealofBiliteracyMA.org

Educate Your Community about Public Charge Regulations
Share accurate information from Protect Immigrant Families about the public charge regulation, reaching those who need it most.

MABE Conference
Multi-state Association for Bilingual Education (MABE) annual conference: Access and Inclusion in Dual Language Education. Saturday, March 21, 2020 in Framingham MA. Keynote speaker: Ester deJong, Professor in ESOL/Bilingual Education and the Director of the School of Teaching and Learning at the University of Florida.
Pre-Conference Visit to a Dual Language Education School or Program the weeks of March 9-13 and 16-20 in Framingham MA.  Visit MABE for more information.

MCAE Network 2020
NETWORK 2020, the annual conference of MA Coalition for Adult Education, is packed with 55 workshops conducted by experts, exhibitors with the newest materials, plenty of networking opportunities with your colleagues, and an Awards Luncheon to honor Outstanding Educator, Outstanding Student and the Ruth E. Derfler Scholarship recipient who is going on to higher education or job training. April 3, 2020 in Marlborough MA. Visit MCAE for more information.

TESOL Policy & Advocacy Summit
The only event of its kind in the United States, the TESOL Advocacy & Policy Summit is an unparalleled professional development opportunity for educators to learn about U.S. federal education issues and advocate for policies that support English learners and the field of English language education. 22-24 June 2020 in Washington DC. Find out more... 

TESOL 2020 International Convention & Language Expo
The TESOL 2020 Convention is taking place March 30 - April 3, 2020 in Denver Colorado. Click here for more information

Links & Resources

TESOL Connections 
MATSOL members receive free access to TESOL Connections, TESOL International Association's monthly online newsletter. The latest issue includes Measuring Intercultural Competence: Ideas for Teachers; Teaching ESP When You Aren't a Specific Purposes Expert; and Cohesive Instruction for Adult ELs Through CollaborationView the latest issue...

Opportunity Delayed: FY 2021 Governor's Budget for K-12 Funding Falls Short by $74M for Low-Income Kids
As part of implementing the Commonwealth’s new school funding law, the Student Opportunity Act (SOA), the Governor proposed increasing Chapter 70 aid by $303.5 million over current levels in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 budget. In this first year, the Governor delivers on one-seventh (14 percent) of the SOA reforms in most areas —special education, health care for educators, social-emotional support, and increments for English Language Learners — keeping those reforms on track for full implementation in seven years.  View the report...

Using the Practice Guide to Improve Mathematical Problem Solving in Grades 4-8 
This webinar will explore how Improving Mathematical Problem Solving in Grades 4 Through 8: A Practice Guide supports the professional development of mathematics teachers in grades 4–8. Dr. Herb Turner will present an overview of the practice guide approach, including how this approach produces credible, evidence-based, and useful recommendations that can be applied in practice. Dr. Pam Buffington will discuss how the practice guide can be used to guide the professional development of mathematics teachers using examples from her current work. Finally, a mathematics teacher and coach will share their experiences and discuss how educators in leadership positions can support teachers as they use these practices. March 18 at 3:30 P.M. ET View the webinar...

Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA) Releases New Fact Sheets on EL Demographic Trends, Head Start Enrollment, and College and Career Readiness
English Learners: Demographic Trends: As of school year 2016-2017, the EL population grew by more than one million students to 4,858,377, representing 9.6% of the total student enrollment. This fact sheet also highlights data on state increases and decreases in the EL student population.
Head Start Enrollment: This fact sheet shares data on Head Start participants' EL status, primary home language, race and ethnicity, and the frequency that participants were read to at home. In fiscal year 2017, 28% of Head Start families spoke a language other than English at home.
English Learners: College and Career Readiness: Over 
3.3 million high school students participated in SAT or ACT exams in the 2015–16 school year (SY). Over 93,000 English learners (ELs) participated in SAT or ACT exams in SY 2015–16. ELs represented 2.8% of high school students who participated in SAT or ACT and represented 6% of all students enrolled in U.S. high schools.

An Uneven Landscape: The Differing State Approaches to English Learner Policies under ESSA
Experts share how states have approached Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) implementation, areas where the law and state efforts to support English Learners can be improved, and findings from the compendium, The Patchy Landscape of State English Learner Policies under ESSA View more at MPI...

Identifying Gifted and Talented English-Learners: Six Steps for District Leaders
Immigration English-language learners are severely underrepresented in gifted and talented education programs in the nation's K-12 schools—and the problem may be rooted in the procedures and policies that schools use to identify gifted students. View the article...

Teaching, Technology, and English-Learners: 5 Things to Know
Teachers who work with English-language learners are more apt to use general digital resources rather than tools designed specifically for English-learners, a recently released report from the U.S. Department of Education indicates. View the report...

Integrating Language While Teaching STEM
The U.S. Department of Education (ED), Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA) just released an NCELA Teaching Practice Brief that highlights promising practices related to science and engineering instruction for educators and other staff who support English learners (ELs) and their families. View the brief...

Upcoming Art & Cultural Events 

  • 24th Annual Taste of World Cultures, We are excited to announce the 24th annual Taste of World Cultures at Greenfield High School will take place on Thursday March 5th, 2020 at 5:30 pm in the GHS Cafeteria. This event will be filled with exciting performances from cultures from around the world. Students will sing, dance and perform along with cultural groups from our surrounding communities. The international fashion show is always a highlight as well. The event features a potluck meal with an emphasis on celebrating our diversity through food. Mark your calendars and don't miss out! Mar 5, Greenfield. More...
  • Tarab Choir in Concert: The Tarab Chorus was founded in 1997 to revive and preserve Classical Arabic music. Tarab seeks to provide a cross-cultural bridge between East and West through the art of music and singing.The group’s primary goals are to preserve the authentic classical art forms of Arabic music and to serve the Arab and American communities of Massachusetts and beyond.Members of Tarab come from all walks of life, and their enthusiasm and dedication over the years has refined and nuanced their singing of Classical forms such as: Al-Mouwashah, Al-Dawr, and Al-Taqtouqa. The time periods covered by the group span from the 10th century through the early 20th century. Mar 6, Somerville. More...
  • Culture and Heritage Night, Please join us for Sage’s Culture & Heritage Night (formerly International Night)! Students, families, and staff are invited to join us for an evening designed to celebrate the various cultures within our community! Please come by to sample some tasty traditional dishes, hear new music, and have a great time! Kindly RSVP by March 9! Mar 12, FoxboroughMore...
  • The Current State of Immigration. The Trump administration’s policy of separating children from their parents as they crossed the U.S.-Mexico border captured national attention and sparked protests across the country. Combined with the recent Supreme Court decision to uphold Trump’s travel ban, this development has brought immigration policy back to the forefront of public debate. Mark Hetfield, Executive Director of the Hebrew Immigration Aid Society, discuss the current state of immigration policy, and what the government could be doing to reform it, with WBUR reporter Shannon Dooling. Mar 12, BostonMore...
  • Festival of Hina, Make your own giant origami Hina-ningyo to celebrate the Japanese March Festival of Hina, Hina-matsuri in Japanese! Mar 13, Boston. More...
  • Rawaj: A Pakistani Cultural Night, Come join us for a fun-filled night of Pakistani food, fashion, music, dance, and more! Open to the public! No ticket required. Mar 13, Cambridge. More...
  • Culture Fest 2020. A night to experience the cultures of the world and to share your own! Mar 14, Malden. More...
  • Native American Arts & Crafts Fair & Cultural Gathering, Free admission. Native American (and others') items for sale. Native Entertainment/Musical Artists. Refreshments available. Raffles open to the public. All are welcome! Mar 28, Middletown, RIMore...


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